Mario is an elite adaptive athlete, currently playing with the University of Arizona Wildcats wheelchair basketball team, as well as a motivational speaker, coach and trainer for wheelchair athletes. A charismatic young man with a past rooted in a rough New Jersey neighborhood, and a lifestyle that ultimately left him facing an uphill battle, without the ability to walk. Soon after his injury, he left New Jersey to start a new life in Miami, where despite being alone and physically challenged in a new city, Mario found the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team through a spinal cord injury support group. Realizing quickly that wheelchair basketball was his ticket to a new beginning, through dedication and discipline Mario helped carry his team to the top ranks of the NWBA, while establishing himself as an elite athlete in the sport. Mario currently competes in the NWBA’s Championship Division, while speaking around the country and working with at-risk youth.